Man taken to hospital after fall from site scaffolding

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A MAN was taken to hospital after falling from scaffolding at a former pub which is being renovated. The accident happened around 3.50pm yesterday (TUES) at the former Smugglers Pub in White Rock.

Firefighters had to use a special lift to get the injured man, who was in his 40s, as the building has been stripped out and there were no stairs.

They placed him on a stretcher and lowered him through the front window to the ground in a delicate hour-long operation.

He was then taken by ambulance to the Royal Sussex County Hospital in Brighton with an injury to his chest.

Richard Airey, spokesman for South East Coast Ambulance, said: “The man had a fall from scaffolding.

“We believe it was a short fall from a few steps. He was brought down with help from the fire service and was conscious before being taken to hospital.”

Lee Mepham, watch commander at Bohemia Fire Station said: “The injuries and the location at the back of the building meant we had to bring in the crane lift.

“The victim had nasty injuries to his ribs and was in a lot of pain so it was a delicate operation.”